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Travel Warning WARNING: On 11th March 2011 the region was hit by an earthquake with an 8.9 magnitude followed by a tsunami and several aftershocks. The prefecture is now safe to visit, although relief efforts are being conducted along the coast.

Iwate prefecture (岩手県 Iwate-ken) is in the northeastern Tohoku region of the main Japanese island Honshu.



  • Morioka — The prefectural capital.
  • Hachimantai
  • Hanamaki — Hanamaki is most famous as the birthplace of Kenji Miyazawa and for its onsen.
  • Hiraizumi — once rivaled Kyoto, but now known for two temples and a poet who visited 400 years ago.
  • Ichinoseki
  • Iwaizumi — the town has Ryusendo, one of Japan's three famous caves.
  • Kamaishi
  • Kuji— a small city known for its amber production and alma diver women.
  • Kuzumaki — has rich nature.
  • Miyako
  • Ninohe
  • Otsuchi
  • Rikuzentakata
  • Tono — a small city famous for its folk tales.
  • Tanohata — is proud of Kitayamasaki Cape, seaweed and farm products.

Other destinations

  • Ryusendo lime stone cave - located in Iwaizumi, considered one of the three major lime stone caves in Japan.It also boasts one of the largest underground lakes in Japan, with crystal-clear water.
  • Appi ski resort - one of the best ski grounds in Tohoku, with runs for all levels.


Get in

By plane

By train

  • The Tohoku Shinkansen barrels through Ichinoseki and Morioka on its way from Sendai north to Aomori.
  • IGR Iwate Ginga Tetsudo It's north train of Iwate
  • JR Yamada Line
  • JR Hanawa Line
  • JR Tazawako Line
  • JR Iwaizumi Line One of JR's least frequent service lines with 3 daily round-trip services between Moichi and Iwaizumi.
  • Sanriku Railway (Kita-Lias Line) runs between Miyako (Iwate) and Kuji.

By bus

Get around


Geibikei Gorge (near Ichinoseki)-enjoy a ride on one of the boats and listen to the singing of your guide. Feed koi carp in warmer weather, enjoy the changing leaves in the fall and the snow in the winter.


  • tetsukuri mura(盛岡手づくり村, "handmade village")


  • Azumaya you can eat wanko-soba
  • Pyon pyon Sya It's famouse for Reimen (cold noodles) shop. There are many chain shops in Iwate and Tokyo.


Get out

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